Airport chaos threat with maximum impact over summer weekends

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Cordon Press
AIR traffic controllers confirm more weekend strikes

The second series of summer strikes by Barcelona’s air traffic controllers will take place on July 11 and 12 and again on July 25 and 26 following a collapse in negotiations between the trades union and airport authorities.
The air traffic controllers union USCA has confirmed that a further two strikes will last from 10am to 1pm and again from 5pm until 8pm on the designated days.
Alicante-Elche International Airport, with 80 per cent of its air traffic passing through Barcelona air space, was particularly affected by the last strikes on Monday June 8, 10, 12 and 14. This time the situation will be even more disruptive as air traffic controllers will walk off the job over summer weekends during Spain’s holiday season, with maximum impact.
The USCA contends that in the period leading to the strikes that took place in June, and despite assurances that efforts were being made to avoid a walkout, there was an obvious indifference to constructive dialogue on the part of government representatives, making an agreement impossible.
The union reiterates that it is willing to resume negotiations in an effort to reach a solution that would nullify the strikes.

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